Friday, June 14, 2013


Meeting Terence Stamp
   When they were both struggling young actors Terence Stamp and Michael Caine were the best of pals. They shared a flat together, went to pubs and parties together and auditioned for a lot of the same roles together.
Terence Stamp
But they haven't spoken for the past 30 years Terence told me when we met in Beverly Hills the other day. "It's very strange," he said. "We just took totally divergent paths."
     Now 74 and living in Ojai, Terence told me how their once-close friendship came to an abrupt end.
Michael Caine
    "Michael Caine was my first showbiz guru," he recalled. "He was very hip about showbiz. He'd never had a break and had never really done anything but he'd been around for a long time and he gave me a lot of wisdom and a lot of my values which have lasted until today.  
   "He was very keen on a good address so we tried to find places we could afford. Sometimes it involved another actor coming in too because the two of us couldn't pay the 20 quid a week rent. 
   "But as soon as he got his break, which was in Zulu, he wanted to be on his own. It was kind of a big shock for me because I'd imagined us in harness, taking on showbiz together, but it was his choice. I'm not so sure he would agree with that publicly but I'm telling you that's how it happened. 
   "Then we became so different. It's not that we avoid each other, it's just that nothing brings us together any longer. It's very strange because I still spend a lot of time in London and he's a Londoner.
  "I sometimes see his work and he always makes me smile because he was the first guy who taught me about comic timing. He taught me that timing is magic and you either have it or you haven't---you can't learn it. So I owe Michael and I  always will, but I don't get to see or talk with him any more."
  Terence, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1962 for Billy Budd and whose last movie was the Adjustment Bureau two years ago, is currently starring with fellow Brits Gemma Arterton and Christopher Ecclestone in Unfinished Song, playing a grumpy pensioner who joins the local choir .
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